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Helosciomyzidae

Overview

The little known Cobergius vittatus (Macquart) has a maritime distribution, while other species live in forests or at swamp margins. The known larvae appear to be fungivorous, saprophagous or predatory on insects such as ant larvae.

Description

Adults are identifiable by:

The series of large, spaced costal spines in combination with long wing vein CuA1+A1, approximately reaching to margin; absence of vibrissa, subcostal break in vein C, and setulae on vein R1.

Distribution

Members of this small fly family are found only in Australia (9 species), New Zealand and southern South America.

  • Helosciomyzidae

  • Helosciomyzidae

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